Raffy R. Luquis, Ph.D., MCHES®

Associate Professor of Health Education, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
President of PSH Faculty Senate 2020-2021
Professor-in-Charge of Health Education Program
Program Coordinator of Biobehavioral Health Program
Office Phone
Office Location
Olmsted Building, W314
W314 OLMSTED BLDG
PENN STATE HBG
MIDDLETOWN, PA 17057
    Biography

    Dr. Raffy R. Luquis is an associate professor of health education in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State Harrisburg. Dr. Luquis earned his Ph.D. in health science at the University of Arkansas (1996), his M.S. in health education (1991), and his B.S. in science (1988) at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Luquis has a broad background in health education and health promotion. His primary research and teaching interests include cultural competency and multicultural health, health promotion and education, and human sexuality. He is the co-editor of the book entitled “Cultural Competence in Health Education and Health Promotion” and have numerous publications and national presentations at conferences in his areas of expertise. Dr. Luquis has conducted research to assess health promotion practices among primary care providers, understand preventive behaviors among young adults, and sexual behaviors among college students. He has also collaborated with other researchers in addressing the needs of multicultural groups, especially the Hispanic/Latino population.

    Research Interests

    Cultural competency & multicultural health

    Health promotion and education

    Human sexuality

    Publications

    Luquis, R. & Kensinger, W. (2017). Perceptions of Health Care and Access to Preventive Services among Young Adults. The Journal of Community Health, 42(6), 1204-12. (Published online: May 9, 2017)

    Luquis, R. & Paz, H. (2015). Attitudes about and practices of health promotion and prevention among primary care providers. Health Promotion Practice, 16(5), 745-55. doi: 10.1177/1524839914561516 (Published online: December 1, 2014).

    Luquis, R., Brelsford, G, & Pérez, M. (2015). Exploring Latino college students’ sexual behaviors in relation to their sexual attitudes, religiousness and spirituality. The Journal of Religion and Health, 54(4), 1345-1357. doi: 10.1007/s10943-014-9929-9 (Published online: August 27, 2014).

    Silva, G., Arboleda, J., Luquis, R., Perez, M., Corvalan, A.K., & Gonzalez Diaz, E. S. (2015). Health behaviors among first year college students in a private university in the Dominican Republic. Global Journal of Health Education and Prevention, 16 (2), 32-50.

    Perez, M., Fortune, D., & Luquis, R. (2015). Global health: chartering a new mission for health education specialist. Global Journal of Health Education and Prevention, 16 (1), 76-84.

    Kensinger, W.S., Tapps, T., & Luquis, R. (2013). Assessing Employee Interest in Wellness Programs at Colleges and Universities. The Journal of the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 50(1), 63-74. 

    Pérez, M. & Luquis, R. (2012). Getting to Know US Latinos: A Step toward Cultural Competence. California Journal of Health Promotion. Special Issue II, 65-69.

    Luquis, R., Brelsford, G., & Rojas-Guyler, L. (2012). Religiosity, spirituality, sexual attitudes, and sexual behaviors among college students. The Journal of Religion and Health. 51(3), 601-614. DOI 10.1007/s10943-011-9527-z. (Published online: August 6, 2011).

    Books/Chapters

    Pinzón-Pérez, H., Pérez, M. & Luquis R. (2016). Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Health: Beyond the Paradigm of CAM. In Pinzón-Pérez, H. & Pérez M. (Eds.) Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Health: A Multicultural Perspective San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

    Luquis, R. & Arboleda, J. (2016). Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Hispanics/ Latinos. In Pinzón-Pérez, H. & Pérez M. (Eds.) Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Health: A Multicultural Perspective. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

    Pérez, M. & Luquis R. (Eds.) (2014). Cultural Competence in Health Education and Health Promotion. (2nd ed.) San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

    Education

    B.S.; M.S.; Ph.D. (Arkansas)